WEST LAFAYETTE – Courtney Moses scored 15 points and Brittany Rayburn added 14 to help No. 13 Purdue defeat No. 4 Texas A&M 60-51 on Sunday in the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge.
The defending national champion Aggies (6-1) saw their winning streak end at 12 games. A win would have set a new school record for consecutive victories. They might now face a losing streak – Texas A&M plays at Connecticut on Tuesday night.
Purdue (7-1) bounced back after a 64-53 loss at No. 7 Duke on Thursday. It was Purdue’s first win over a ranked non-conference opponent since beating Texas in 2009, and its first win over a non-conference opponent with both teams ranked since the No. 7 Boilermakers beat No. 5 Kansas State in 2003.
Texas A&M had averaged 80 points per game, but the Aggies shot 28 percent from the field and made just 13 of 27 free throws.
The Boilermakers overcame 24 turnovers and 38 percent shooting.
Purdue got a steal early in the second half, and K.K. Houser drove and drew contact. She was called for a charge, and the Purdue bench was called for a technical foul for disagreeing with the call. Texas A&M made the free throws to take a 37-29 lead, but the Boilermakers outscored the Aggies 31-14 from there. A 3-point play by Sam Ostarello gave the Boilermakers the lead, and a 3-pointer and layup on a baseline cut by Rayburn pushed the lead to 49-42 with 7:36 to play.
The Boilermakers increased their lead to 56-47 on a pullup jumper by Rayburn with just less than 2 minutes to play.
Purdue took a 10-5 lead, but the Aggies pushed the tempo and went up 21-16 to force a Purdue timeout. The Boilermakers closed strong and trailed 32-29 at halftime.